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Emma Kobolakis

Emma Kobolakis

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A writer, editor, and dessert maker rapidly expanding her culinary portfolio. This means eating, a lot. And if not eating, tasting. And if not tasting, staring. She likes to pretend her eyeballs can record video.

  • Location: New York
  • Favorite foods: Animal fat. Grilled meat with lemon. Fresh berries and cream. Big, deep bowls of ramen. Eggs as sauce. Eggs in general.
  • Last bite on earth: Whatever it is, it should double as cause of death.

Habanero Carrot Cake From 'Sweet and Vicious'

If the fire-breathing dragon wasn't hint enough, one bite will prove this cake is packing heat. In her recently released cookbook, Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude, Libbie Summers stirs hot pepper extract into a lightly spicy batter, and spikes the cream cheese frosting with spiced pecans. The fruitiness of the pepper works well with the carrot-heavy batter, further enhanced by traditional cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. More

Bake the Book: Blackberry Icebox Pie From 'Fruitful'

Icebox pie is one of those make-ahead treats that you can look forward to all day, knowing that a cold slice is waiting for you when you get home. Fruitful's icebox pie is a cloud of blackberry whipped cream set atop a condensed milk custard, all packaged in a graham cracker crust. The super-sweet custard is a pleasant surprise, hidden under purple clouds of berry cream, and the graham cracker crust adds a delightful toasty note. More

Win a Copy of 'Fruitful: Four Seasons of Fresh Fruit Recipes'

Every good cookbook is based on a good story. Fruitful's tells of Red Jacket Orchards, the sprawling farm founded by Joe Nicholson in the 1960s. His son, Brian, spins the tale of a family seeking to escape the suburbanization of Long Island in search of peace and quiet. They found that respite in 110 acres of farmland in upstate New York. The farm produces fruit in spring, summer, and fall; over the years, it has established itself as an award-winning juice producer and become a fixture at Manhattan's Union Square Greenmarket. More

Win a Copy of 'Robicelli's: A Love Story, With Cupcakes'

It's hard enough distinguishing yourself in the cupcake business, much less the dessert world, but Matt and Allison Robicelli's infectious swagger and pure passion for every aspect of their chosen trade has cleared the way for success. Robicelli's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes is brimming with enthusiasm, experience, and wit, as well as fifty over-the-top cupcake recipes. More

Bake the Book: Cardamom and Ginger Shortbread

Sometimes, A Lighter Way to Bake doesn't mean cutting corners on everything. Rather than compromising the flavor of a good shortbread, a full stick of butter is used in this recipe. Sugar is what's skimped on here, but the modest amount included is all that's needed to set off the bold flavors of cardamom and ginger. More

Bake the Book: A Lighter Way to Bake

Host of the BBC television show "Baking Made Easy", Lorraine Pascale has released a book chock-full of recipes that use fresh, whole ingredients (no sugar substitutes!) to make a variety of treats in the comfort of your own home, sans guilt. More

Upside-Down Skillet Corn Cake From 'Sweet & Vicious'

As for the nutmeg; just use 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

Upside-Down Skillet Corn Cake From 'Sweet & Vicious'

@woohoo Vanilla bean paste is usually available where vanilla extract is sold, or can be bought online. You can also make it yourself, like you can make vanilla extract yourself. In fact, "Sweet & Vicious" contains several pages of recipes for extracts and pastes, a couple of which are included in the next recipes.

Upside-Down Skillet Corn Cake From 'Sweet & Vicious'

@znyk42: You heard the lady! Try the masa harina, and let us know how it turns out.

@woohoo Vanilla paste is a thick, molasses-like suspension with vanilla bean scraped into it. It's somewhere between using a fresh vanilla pod and vanilla extract in terms of flavor and price.

@lil_brown_bat: We don't name the desserts, but given that the cornmeal does affect the flavor and texture of the cake, calling it a "corn cake" makes sense to us!

Side-Slap and Tickle Cookies From 'Sweet and Vicious'

@shiraz_too Plain! Though if you run into chocolate malted milk powder, why not try it? Sounds delicious.

Side-Slap and Tickle Cookies From 'Sweet and Vicious'

@badseed1980 Sure is!

@colonelcash: You can use vanilla extract.

Side-Slap and Tickle Cookies From 'Sweet and Vicious'

@Zach A. You're welcome!

And everyone else...the 6 tablespoons of malted milk powder are now visible above!

Puddin 'n' Pie From 'Mother Daughter Dishes'

Hi @Brovin, to answer your question, I'll dip into @JJs360s' comment, who has the right idea. Yolky custard is not something you can replicate with instant pudding - and being that the crust is pretty instant, the custard is where the effort you put in shines.

@JJs360s: So right about the yolks. Though I have never vilified mine, they are the key to so many good dishes! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, as did your co-workers. I've found that pecans take next to no time to brown in my oven, though of course your mileage may vary. Love hearing when desserts go right, thank you for sharing your story.

Graham Cracker Bites From 'Mother Daughter Dishes'

@Stufsocker: Coconut cream isn't sticky or sweet like condensed milk, I'm afraid it wouldn't hold together properly.

The Best Pesto

Might one say that this is...the besto?

I'll show myself out.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake From 'Mother Daughter Dishes'

@lareve The homemade glaze recipe is here, under "Tweaks" :
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/07/chocolate-zucchini-cake-from-mother-daughter-dishes.html?ref=title

@Jerrysg: It's 1 teaspoon baking soda. Should be fixed now.

@MichaelQ: The zucchini is done by cup measure, and having not extensively worked with zucchini, I can't vouch for a weight. I measure my AP flour at 4.5 oz per cup, so 4.5 x 3 = 13.5 oz.

Graham Cracker Bites From 'Mother Daughter Dishes'

@Billyburg Mark: Sounds awesome! Great substitutions.

Individual Coconut Cream Pies From 'Mother Daughter Dishes'

@Steffania: Yes, click the link on the top of the post to get the recipe.

Graham Cracker Bites From 'Mother Daughter Dishes'

@illone It Is A Mystery. Actually, I think the toasty graham flavor goes really well with sweet milky things, so it's a winning combination.

@ATL_Jen: Good idea!

@colonelcash: With a glass on the side? But seriously, @eilonwy's ideas are good ones. I recommend adding the booze to the chocolate.

Graham Cracker Bites From 'Mother Daughter Dishes'

@FoodtoEat: Caution, contents may not taste the same way they look.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Cupcakes With Black Raspberry Buttercream From 'Fruitful'

@alex_basse: Good catch. It's fixed now!

Raspberry Madeleines From 'Fruitful'

@Robin J: Silicone is pretty slick; I've personally never used a silicone madeleine pan, but from what I know about my silicone baking sheets, no, they don't need greasing.

Raspberry Madeleines From 'Fruitful'

@Robin J: Silicone is pretty slick; I've personally never used a silicone madeleine pan, but from what I know about my silicone baking sheets, no, they don't need greasing.

Robicelli's Pecan Potato Chip Cupcakes

@datagatherer: from your username, I feared you were a bot. Glad you aren't! Enjoy the cupcakes :)

Robicelli's Pecan Potato Chip Cupcakes

@jsaimd: That's the way it appears in the book, but I can see how that would be confusing. It means 1/2 cup of finely crushed potato chips.

Robicelli's Pecan Potato Chip Cupcakes

@jsaimd: That's the way it appears in the book, but I can see how that would be confusing. It means 1/2 cup of finely crushed potato chips.

Robicelli's Pecan Potato Chip Cupcakes

@jsaimd: That's the way it appears in the book, but I can see how that would be confusing. It means 1/2 cup of finely crushed potato chips.

Robicelli's Carrot Cake Cupcakes

@OneWallKitchen: no worries! They are really stable. Not only do they look good, but they hold up, physically.

@mclynn: Not necessarily easily, a couple tablespoons would be fine, but half a cup might throw off the consistency of the cake.

Robicelli's Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Thank you, @Rahimlee. The flavor really does speak for itself.

Cardamom and Ginger Shortbread

Wonderful to hear! So glad they worked out.

Chewy Coconut Macaroons With A Cheeky Touch of Lime

@Zevie's baba: Unsweetened!

Knife Skills: How to Debone a Chicken Thigh

Recipes often call for boneless skinless chicken thighs, yet finding them in supermarkets can be a bit of a hassle. You're far more likely to find bone-in thighs or even whole legs. Knowing how to take that bone out yourself will save you some hassle and provide you with some good bones for making stock in the process. Here's how to do it. More